This glorious thing is by Stamp-n-Storage! It's their Pocket Scrapbook Holder and honestly, it's impossible not to be organized with it. Being that I live and craft in a small apartment, my first concern was the size. It looked huge! Where was I going to put it? When it arrived (in a huge box) I was excited but once I got it out of the amazingly well packaged box, I was relieved. It's big, but not in your face big - and bonus - it was going to fit in my "craft closet".
Here are some details about the Pocket Scrapbook Holder - mine is the middle sized 18 compartment one. It's made of Baltic Birch plywood and it's made in Minnesota, USA It arrives pre-assembled so you don't have to worry about any screws or nails. It's nice and sturdy but not super heavy - even with all my cards in, like the above photo. It's got three tiered levels so I can easily see what cards are where and there are wood dividers you can easily remove to make a 3x4 compartment into a 4x6 one.
I really like the size of the 18 compartment holder, though if I had the space, I would definitely order the larger 24 compartment one. The cards above are just my Studio Calico cards from the past couple years and it does not have any of my Becky Higgins core kits - with the exception of a small stack of Midnight (because, well it's Midnight!). I can easily carry it out from my craft closet to my desk or my bed without any worry of it falling apart - it's built really well. Now, I know some of you will be interested in how I sorted through all of my cards, so there's more about that below!
Like many of you, I have a lot of cards kicking around. For the past three years I have had them all over the place. Some have stayed with whatever Studio Calico kit they came from, others have been in a plastic storage box from Ikea, and others have been in a shoe box (seriously). I knew that I was only going to sort out my Studio Calico cards as they are what I use most often because the quality of the cardstock is top notch.
The actual sorting took me well over an hour - thank you Sophie, Netflix, and coffee for keeping me company - and I first sorted them by colour. Red, orange, yellow, green, mint, blue, pink, purple, neutral (brown/tan), grey, black/white, and then multi (cards with way too many colours). For cards that are double sided with two different main colours, I went with the side that I liked best. Once I had finished sorting them by colour, I sorted those colour piles by filler card and by journal card. Nothing scientific but it worked out well for me.
I made my own 3x4 dividers by using plain grid cards, white half circles, some double-sided tape, and a black pen. I punched out circles from plain white cardstock and then cut them in half. I then used double sided tape and adhered the half circle to the grid card. Once that was done, I hand wrote all the different colour sections and - boom - I was done! So far I've only sorted out by 3x4 cards as I use those ones the most. Next up, will be my 4x6 cards.
|disclaimer : this is a sponsored post with Stamp-n-Storage. Content photos and expressed opinions are all my own.|